The end of a company with a very dumb idea

Washboard, a subscription service that that sold US quarters for 37.5 cents, called it quits after being in business for two weeks.

Washboard founder Caleb Brown wrote:

Nearly 100% of the internet thought Washboard was an absolutely absurd concept. I had a very difficult time convincing people the service was even real but we did have customers that were excited for it. I apologize to those folks but we have decided to shut down Washboard.

(Via Weird Universe)

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  1. I always trusted my change business to First CityWide Change Bank... They were always friendly and I didn't have to worry about them giving me 2000 nickels (unless that is what I wanted)

  2. Dollar coins? Now that's just loony.

  3. it's apparently an easier sell if you do both hope and change.

  4. Funny but true story about the pennies: the zinc lobby has a front group called Americans for Common Cents which exists solely to boost popular support for the penny.

    You know your country has problems when the nation's monetary policy is being dictated by Big Zinc.

  5. I've had a few jobs working cash registers in the U.S. and Susan B. Anthony dollars were really hard to give back out as change. Many people didn't think it was real money or they thought you were trying to short-change them. I eventually gave up trying unless I was really short on paper one dollar bills.

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